In the UK there is a Parliamentary tradition that sees MPs having to “declare an interest” if there is a possible conflict of interest. Today I bring this fine old convention into the realms of Classic Eurorock.
You see, when it comes to some of the recent Angel Air re-releases, particularly in the case of Robin George, I too have to “declare an interest.” The reason is explained below but let me first give you the low down on this excellent batch of recent re-releases.
Crying Diamonds / Dangerous Music Live ‘85. (SJPCD330)
This generous set brings us Robin George’s 2006 studio album Crying Diamonds along with Dangerous Music Live ‘85. Both discs have been specially re-mastered by Robin, a renowned producer, contain an impressive list of bonus material, and have sleeve-notes by yours truly.
Robin, as the aforementioned informative sleeve-notes will tell you (okay I know; a “conflict of interest”) has worked with some of the biggest names. These include Phil Lynott, Robert Plant, John Wetton (Asia) , Ted Nugent, Roy Wood (The Move, ELO) and Pete May (UFO). He also has a long and impressive list of production credits to his name.
One name missing from that list is David Byron. It was in the former Uriah Heep vocalist’s post Heep project The Byron Band that Robin first caught the eye. But more of that later.
The 18 tracks that make up the set for Crying Diamonds include standouts such as “Learn The Dance”, which he co-wrote with Byron, a fiery “Judy”, and the reflective yet deceptively powerful pair “Yesterday’s News” and “Thanks For The Memories.”
A breezy “Flying” sits nicely with the ballad “Loving You” and the Lennonesque title track which he co-wrote with Phil Lynott. Also included are the memorable “Haunted” and Phil Lynott’s Elvis ode “King’s Call.”